What we know about UT grad shot at congressional baseball practice

Former UT student hurt in Virginia shooting

AUSTIN - Zack Barth, the University of Texas at Austin graduate and Texas representative's staffer who was shot at Wednesday morning's congressional baseball practice has been released from the hospital.

Shots rang out around 8 a.m. ET during Wednesday's baseball practice for Republican congressmen in Alexandria, Virginia. The suspect, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, died from his injuries, according to President Donald Trump.

Rep. Williams confirmed on social media Wednesday morning that Barth was the aide and that he is expected to make a full recovery.

Family members told KHOU that Barth was treated at an area hospital and released. Barth told his relatives that he was shot in the calf and used his own belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. 

Barth, a 24-year-old legislative correspondent in Williams' office, is from the Houston area. He was also a government major who graduated magna cum laude from UT in May of 2015, according to the UT School of Public Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts.

During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Williams said when the shooting happened he initially thought it was a car until he heard people yelling, "he's got a gun, run for cover!"

Williams said he and Barth both ran into the dugout and fell into each other's arms. He said that despite his injured ankle and leg, Barth said he would be fine for the game tomorrow, "then back to Texas to get 'fixed.'"

Williams said that it's important for them to play tomorrow so that "these people don't win." He left the press conference on crutches.

UT President Gregory L. Fenves released the following statement:

The UT Community's hearts go out to Zachary Barth, a UT Austin alumnus and staffer for Congressman Roger Williams, who was injured in this morning's Congressional baseball shooting. We are thinking of Zack and all of the victims, wishing them speedy recoveries.

KVUE spoke with Barth's former UT professor Sean Theriault.

The two met last month during Theriault's class trip to D.C. It was the same trip Barth made 2 years ago before graduating.

"Having Zack on the trip was great because he's very interested in politics," said Theriault. "He was a Republican and as you can imagine, most of the students at UT are more liberal and so it's great having someone that had not only a different opinion, but well-formed, and educated opinion."

Theriault wishes Barth a speedy recovery.

"I hope that he uses this tragedy as a way to double down on his interest in politics," said Theriault. "Helping us move our country along rather than extinguish the passion that he has for it."

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